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Unexpected alien species in Cyprus waters: Acanthurus coeruleus (Actinopterygii: Acanthuridae)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 December 2012

Joachim Langeneck*
Università di Pisa, Dipartimento di Biologia, Unità di Biologia Marina e Ecologia, Via Derna 1, I-56126 Pisa, Italy
Massimiliano Marcelli
Università di Roma ‘La Sapienza’, Dipartimento di Biologia e Biotecnologie ‘Charles Darwin’, Piazzale Aldo Moro, 9–00185, Rome, Italy
Helmut Carl Simak
Waidmannsforferstrasse 16/7 A-9020 Klagenfurt, Austria
Correspondence should be addressed to: J. Langeneck, Università di Pisa, Dipartimento di Biologia, Unità di Biologia Marina e Ecologia, Via Derna 1, I-56126 Pisa, Italy email:
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In December 2011 a specimen of the blue tang surgeonfish Acanthurus coeruleus was observed in the waters of Cyprus. As this species typically lives in the tropical western Atlantic Ocean, its presence in the Mediterranean Sea is very likely to be related to human activities. Speculated ways of introduction in the Mediterranean Sea are discussed.

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Copyright © Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 2012

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